Aviation

August’s business aircraft activity highest since May 2008

A pair of Cessna Citation Longitude business jets on display at the 2016 National Business Aviation Association Convention static exhibit at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport.
A pair of Cessna Citation Longitude business jets on display at the 2016 National Business Aviation Association Convention static exhibit at Orlando (Fla.) Executive Airport. The Wichita Eagle

Business aviation activity across all types of aircraft increased more than 5 percent in August, according to a new report.

Argus International’s August TraqPak report said flight activity among turboprop airplanes and small, midsize and large business jets saw gains of between 4.5 and 7.2 percent from the same month a year ago.

August’s 5.2 percent increase is the largest monthly increase in business aircraft operations since May 2008.

The report is based on business aircraft operations in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

Increases in business aircraft utilization is considered a barometer for future orders from manufacturers, including Wichita’s Textron Aviation and Bombardier Learjet.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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